Ajax manager Erik ten Haag has refused to be drawn on whether they will make a move for Tottenham’s Steven Bergwijn, despite the need for a new striker
Bergwijn has been linked with a move back to the Eredivisie this summer, after struggling to impress at Tottenham following a move back in January 2020.
So far, there has been nothing but rumours about a return, but Voetbal International cover the situation today and have comments from ten Haag on the situation.
They explain that Ajax want to add another forward to their squad next month, having missed out on a move for highly-rated youngster Kamaldeen Sulemana.
The Dutch side are now looking for an alternative with ‘similar qualities’, and that is where Tottenham’s Bergwijn could come into the mix.
“We are looking for a player with speed, who has the ability to play as a striker and from the left flank,” they quote Ten Haag as saying.
“Of course, he must also be able to play on the ball, but above all, he must be able to get away from the ball. A striker with depth who can use the space, especially in the Champions League, I think that is important for us.”
Bergwijn would fit into that profile, with him capable of playing upfront or on either flank, something he has done for Tottenham and PSV before that.
While predominantly a left-winger, he’s also enjoyed success playing on the opposite flank, while less so as a central forward.
He, therefore, fits the bill of what Ajax and Ten Haag are looking for, and that’s something the latter is at least willing to concede.
“I never go into names,” he added.
“But it is an absolute truth that Bergwijn fits the profile. But whether it’s also possible, I won’t go into that.”